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Northern Ireland round-up: Major Derry housing scheme wins support from planners; Carrickfergus ‘retirement village’ approved

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 16 March-22 March, 2019

Major Derry housing scheme wins support from planners

A major residential development of 780 homes proposed for a site at Ballyoan in Derry has been recommended for approval by officials from Derry City & Strabane District Council.

The Planner

Carrickfergus ‘retirement village’ approved

Northern Ireland's first retirement village, a scheme which will involve 321 properties, a medical centre, nursing home, spa, well-being centre and retail units at Carrickfergus has been approved by the Mid and East Antrim Borough Council against the advice of officials.

Belfast Telegraph

Waterside flats mooted for Belfast

The Benmore Group has submitted a planning application to build a complex providing 154 flats alongside the River Lagan. The site in question is the former El Divino nightclub near the Hilton Hotel and Waterfront Hall in Belfast.

Belfast Telegraph

Rural development organisation founders

An organisation set up to help rural areas in Northern Ireland has said political instability is partly to blame for its decision to close over a shortfall in its pension fund.

Belfast Telegraph

Green light for key Belfast city centre transport hub

Public transport operator Translink has welcomed the announcement from the Department for Infrastructure that planning permission has been granted for its £210 million Transport Hub, a key Belfast city centre regeneration project. It is set to provide an integrated public transport interchange, including a new rail station and concourse with eight railway platforms as well as 26 bus stands, car parking and a new public square, which are all part of the new Weavers Cross neighbourhood.  


Major planning application handling times get slower

The average processing time for major planning applications during the first nine months of 2018/19 was almost 58 weeks – about eight weeks longer than a year ago and double the statutory processing time, according to the latest planning application statistics published by the Department for Infrastructure.

Northern Ireland Executive